Rural relief during the COVID crisis

Farmers are critical members of Minnesota’s food infrastructure and run essential businesses across the state. During this pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we ensure farmers’ businesses are protected by the state. Keeping that in mind, Governor Walz has signed into law a 330-million-dollar bill which was passed with overwhelming bipartisan and bicameral support. Assistance from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Rural Finance Authority (RFA) will be available to help farmers whose operations are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill will open Disaster Recovery Loan Program funds for loss of revenue on farms due to not only COVID-19, but all human contagious diseases. It also expanded the animal diseases and hazards generally covered by the Disaster Recovery Loan Program, giving the RFA more flexibility to respond to needs across the state for farmers and rural businesses alike.

Minnesota farmers seeking more information about the aid available to them should visit the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website or contact 651-201-6004 for more details.